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Advertising executive

J. Wayne Cranford, American advertising executive. Recipient Silver medal American, Arkansas Advertising Federations, 1989, Golden Boy award Little Rock Boys Club, 1990; named one of three Arkansas's Outstanding Young Men, Arkansas Junior Chamber of Commerce, 1969.


Cranford, J. Wayne was born on January 1, 1933 in Bald Knob, Arkansas, United States. Son of Benjamin Franklin and Rachel Howell (Jacobs) Cranford.


Bachelor of Science, University Center Arkansas, 1953.


Chairman, chief executive officer Cranford Johnson Robinson Woods, Little Rock, since 1961, chairman emeritus, since 1993. President Capitol Avenue Joint Venture, since 1984.


  • Other Work

    • Contributor articles to professional journals.


Board directors Arkansas Governor's Mansion Association, Arkansas Children's Hospital, Arkansas Adult Literacy Fund, Downtown Partnership, Fifty for the Future. Member advisory council, former member executive board Boy Scouts American, Quapaw area council. Member executive committee Business Committee for Public Education.

Former board directors Arkansas Repertory Theatre, Arkansas Symphony Orchestra. Former trustee Arkansas Arts Center (1969-1973, 81-85). Former member President's Roundtable, University Center Arkansas, executive committee of advisory council College Business Administration, University Arkansas at Little Rock, television and film advisory council University Arkansas at Little Rock, Salvation Army, Little Rock City Beautiful Commission (honorary lifetime member).

Former public relations chairman Children's Crusade, Arkansas Children's Hospital. Former advisor Junior League of Little Rock. Member, former deacon 2d Presbyterian church, Little Rock.

President Ark Gov's Mansion Association. Vice president, Trustee, Ark Childrens Hospital. Member American Association Advertising Agencies (board directors, secretary Tennessee/Arkansas council, chairman Southwest council 1970-1971, board governors Southern Region 1984-1985), Public Relations Society of America, Counselors Academy, Country Club of Little Rock, Chenal Country Club (board governors).


  • Other Interests

    Collecting autographed first editions.


Married Frances Jane Anderson, September 15, 1962. Children: Jay Wayne, Anderson Ross, Christopher Benjamin.

Benjamin Franklin Cranford

Rachel Howell (Jacobs) Cranford

Frances Jane Anderson

Jay Wayne Cranford

Anderson Ross Cranford

Christopher Benjamin Cranford